Scripture Reflection

“You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.”
Deuteronomy 2:3

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Devotion

Talk about messy middles! The Israelites were stuck in the middle of a journey for 40 years—no longer in slavery in Egypt, but no sight of the promised land either. What a predicament.

That's where you may find yourself right now. You desperately want to arrive at your promised land, but you keep circling back to familiar territory. Some days it feels like you're back on track and then out of nowhere, you see the same scenery and landmarks that you've passed before. It's such a frustrating place to be.

As frustrating as it may be, it's also very comfortable, and subconsciously, that's why we stay. When you feel fear, your brain kicks into-hyper vigilance mode to keep you safe. As we feel the fear, it's an opportunity to turn to God and turn those fears over to Him instead of giving into them. 

Israel did not have to spend 40 years wandering through the wilderness, and neither do you. They made the journey a lot more difficult than it needed to be because of their lack of trust.

Moses delivers an inspirational message for them to remember. He offers them a choice—stay stuck and keep circling the same mountain endlessly or allow the Lord to steer you in a new direction. The same choice is offered to you today and every day.

Are you ready to change? Are you ready to do a new thing?

Yes, it's scary but your fears won't kill you, they will only make you strong.

Yes, you may backslide sometimes, but God is not asking for perfection.

Yes, the journey will be difficult and your flesh will scream out for relief, but God promises that He will be with you in the midst of it and He will give you the strength to bear up under it.

Are you ready to go north?

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Action 

Make a decision right now to do something different. If you've been overeating on a particular food, throw it out now. If you've been putting off exercise. Stop what you're doing right away and do something even if it's only for a few minutes.

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Reflections

  • How is the Lord calling me to go North?
  • What fear(s) have I been unwilling to face that has me circling the same mountain over and over?
  • What is the story I've been telling myself and how will I change the narrative? Isaiah 43:19-21
  • What parts of your journey look familiar?
  • What areas of your health journey you know you need to change but you feel like it will require too much sacrifice?
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Declarations

1.  I was designed to keep moving forward from glory to glory, my future is bright.

2.  I will do something different starting right now.

3.  I choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation. I always have a choice. I am not a victim but victorious is Jesus' name.

4.  I can never let God down because He is always lifting me up. His grace is sufficient.

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Supplication 

Heavenly Father, forgive me for choosing the safety and security of my comfort zone more than I choose you. Take my knowledge of you from my head to my heart. I want more than just reading about you every day. I want to experience your peace and presence in my life. I want a real relationship with you that goes deeper than anything else in my life. Let me crave you more than I crave food. I'm so tired of circling the same mountains in my life. I'm so tired of my own disobedience and rebelliousness yet I'm not sure I know how to live any other way. I've been doing it my way for so long that I don't even recognize it, Lord. Open my eyes so I can see a new direction. I will look up and fix my eyes on you. I surrender my habits, my proclivities, my will, and my ways to you Lord.

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Meditation Scriptures

1 Corinthians 10:13-14. … God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee …”

2 Corinthians 12:9-11. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness … for when I am weak, then I am strong.'”

Isaiah  43:19-20. "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it. I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

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Previous Lessons

Day 2 - Cultivating Clarity 

Day 1 - What is Messy in the Middle